Six month checkup complete

Yesterday I had to go do my six month checkup with the doctor.  For those that don’t know me, I absolutely hate going to the doctor and hate hospitals even more.  I needed to go back in to have my blood pressure checked.  My blood pressure has never been really bad but always borderline.  Couple that with my horrific family history and I’m on blood pressure meds. The nurse checked me in, took my BP and pulse, and I waited for the doctor.  He came in and said my BP and pulse were excellent.  We talked about my recent return to bicycling to lose weight, how I’m doing it, mileage so far, diet modifications, and weight goals.  All-in-all it was a very good talk.  I guess I was fortunate that I had to have this visit and it coincided with the beginning of Biking To...

Biking To Live has a pain in the rear

No, it’s not my wife. I noticed it yesterday and today’s ride didn’t help. I think it’s my saddle. I had taken the saddle off that came with the Schwinn and put my old Cannondale Vetta saddle on and have been riding with it. I think it’s too narrow for my wide load. In an effort to find out if that’s the case, I visited the local Trek shop to have my sit bones measured. I went to the Trek shop for two reasons. First, I had never been in there and wanted to check it out, and two, it was right around the corner from where my youngest does ballet so before picking her up I thought I would check out the store. The store was nice and the bikes (Trek, Cervelo, Lemond) they had were nice. Upon arriving I asked where the road saddles were. I was escorted to the ‘road’ section of the store and shown a display of exactly 3 styles of saddles. All by the same manufacturer. I was like, “this is it?” Come on. After looking at the display I went back to the guy and told him I needed help getting fit for the right width saddle. Something measured in inches, not millimeters. I didn’t say that but that’s how I felt after thinking how much bigger I am now than when I bought my Cannondale 15 years ago. The guy said he was new and couldn’t do it. He’d have to get the manager. I say ok and wait. The manager comes out and looks like he just came back from...

Trouble Down Below

Well, today was Ride 3 of Biking To Live and the ride went fine. As the day has come and gone, though, I’ve started to experience a little bit of discomfort in my nether region. You know. The are of your body that never sees the light of day but can be a serious pain in the…..you get the picture. Anyway, it appears that I have rubbed a spot raw on the inner side of my right leg near my….ahem…business. I’ve put some skin relief lotion on it to try and take care of it because I want to be able to get my Saturday ride in tomorrow. I’m not surprised that something like this has happened since it’s been so long since I’ve drug myself around on a bike. I read an interesting by Ray at Bike Noob entitled I’m Riding In Comfort Now that makes me wonder if my bike shorts have contributed to the problem. My shorts are relatively new and were only used on stationary bikes when I was stationed on my last ship. They’re a pair of Nashbar shorts and look very similar to the ones in Ray’s article above. I may have to look at getting some nicer...
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